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The WMDs, a pop-rock band, play free shows in Vail

Charlie Owen
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” Thankfully, you won’t need a U.N. resolution to search for these WMDs. The pop rockers from New York plan on staying highly visible while here in Vail where they’ll play a string of shows at The Club each night through Christmas. And while The WMDs usually tour as a four piece, this week they’ll be scaled back to a twosome. But that’s OK, especially since the two members on stage this week are the core of the band’s creativity.

“We’re just doing the acoustic duo because of logistics and it’s the holiday season. I work with lots of different technology and I’m able to loop things and really build up a big sound with just the two of us,” said Brian Bauers, lead vocals for the WMDs.

The other half of the acoustic duo, Jaime Sturm, said that he’s looking forward to playing with the full band at The Club in February, but that the crowd should still expect them to put on just as good of a show without it. Expect a lot of popular cover tunes as well as The WMDs’ original material, Sturm said.

“Obviously we’re coming with our party hats on … it’s going to be a real party atmosphere,” Sturm said.

Zach Povey, co-owner of The Club, has seen The WMDs perform before.

“They’re very high energy, fun. They get the people up dancing and having a good time,” Povey said.

The free shows are The Club’s gift to the Vail Valley this holiday season, he said.

The WMDs will release a new CD any day now titled “We Are Waves.” Sturm said their songs have taken a turn away from the lighter, pop-style sound to a darker tone in recent years, in reflection of the times. But Bauers also called the new album optimistic.

“We’re really lucky to have these songs and I think they’re really great and we’re really, really excited about the new album,” Bauers said.

The new album will be peppered with guest appearances by many of Bauers’ and Sturm’s musician friends and they both said it was a privilege to have such talent join them on the project.

Both Bauers and Sturm know the importance of choosing the right band name to represent the material.

“One of the most difficult things in my experience is coming up with a band name because you never know if it’s going to turn out to be not such a great name. You put a lot of time and effort into promoting that name,” Bauers said.

But at the time they were trying to pick their band’s moniker, the infamous weapons of mass destruction supposedly in Iraq were constantly in the headlines. Eventually they both decided it would be the perfect name. They weren’t supporting the war, according to Bauers, just trying to come up with a name that would make people take notice of their music.

“People constantly have to ask ‘what does it stand for, why are you called this?’ … I always ask ‘what does it mean to you?'” Bauers said.

And they’ve gotten lots of odd guesses too: Wooden Male Dolls and White Men Dancers just to name a few.

“It started out as something ironic, rooted in frustration and it turned into something cryptic but also interactive. It’s a controversial name and people talk about it,” Sturm said.

High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

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